8 Design Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Backyard Summer Soiree

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Embrace the warm temperatures and carefree days of summer by lounging with your loved ones in a charmed backyard. The following eight landscaping design tips will not only help create a captivating space for a summertime soiree, but make the earth happy, as well!

1. Lights & Lanterns

Mood greatly affects an alfresco dreamscape. Once the sun sets, illuminuate your backyard with hanging lanterns from a tree canopy or string lights draped along the patio. Multicolored solar Hummingbird LED lights by Target can turn an ordinary outdoor environment into a magical entertainment space. Bambeco also offers Solar Tea Lanterns, Soji Solar Lanterns and Jetson Solar String Lights that are sustainable and stylish. If you feel creative try making your own DIY outdoor lighting.

2. Green Seating

Complement your eco-friendly landscape with sustainable outdoor furniture where your guests can lounge and relax. Crate and Barrel’s eco-friendly outdoor living collections are crafted with environmentally conscious materials. The Regatta teak collection meets the requirements of TFT, a nonprofit organization dedicated to responsible forest management, and the Arbor collection has Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. For a bit of picnic flair, adorn a wooden patio table with a recycled soup can caddy. Tie and knot jute around the soup cans and fill them with napkins, cutlery and barbecue condiments.

3. Garden Ladder

Along with colorful flower beds and a brick hardscape, a repurposed ladder can embellish your backyard as charming vintage decor. Use eco-friendly panel material for shelving, and paint the ladder an earthy hue. Kirei specializes in sustainable wood substitutes, including renewable wheatboard and bamboo. Benjamin Moore offers Green Promise® Paints with low or no VOCs. (For more info health risks of toxin paint read “Paint — Color Me Natural, Green & Healthy?” ) For foliage, twist vine throughout the ladder and accent the ladder with potted native plants. Native plants are easy to maintain, more durable and can fight off pests and diseases.

4. Poolside

Design your alfresco retreat for friends and family with a stunning poolscape. A pool may be a refreshing escape or just a water feature accessorizing the backyard patio. Whether your guests take a dip in your pool to cool off or admire it as aquatic decor, green your pool with a variable speed pool pump. A variable speed pump can provide up to 80 percent energy savings, compared to single-speed pumps, according to In The Swim.

5. Fire Pit

A fire pit creates a cozy outdoor ambience and serves as the centerpiece of your backyard. It’s where you and your guests gather to make s’mores and sip on Moscow Mules. Create a rustic campfire with a natural gas or clean-burning bioethanol fire pit. Log alternatives made from renewable resources, such as non-petroleum natural wax and recycled sawdust, can also green your landscape.

6. Xeriscaping

Xeriscaping focuses on water-conservation techniques and creative landscaping for less frequent and more efficient watering. A xeriscape sustains the heart of your landscape — its plants, gardens, shrubs, and trees — using minimal maintenance and no fertilizers or pesticides. With compost mulch and soil, native plants and a drip-irrigation system, you can achieve a stylish xeriscape and water-efficient environment.

7. Organic Mulch & Soil

As an influential part of xeriscaping, organic mulch conserves soil moisture and temperature. It also prevents erosion and weeds from growing. Adding compost or organic materials to soil also provides nutrients and improves the quality of your lawn. “Healthy soil nurtures healthy plants,” assets Better Homes and Gardens.

8. Rain Barrel System

Save water by watering your lawn and plants with recycled rainwater collected from your roof. You can collect 300 gallons of water for every half-inch of rain that falls on a 1,000 square foot roof, according to Gardeners.com. Harvested rainwater is also naturally soft and chlorine-free. Estimate how much rainwater you can collect in a rain barrel using the calculator on Gardeners.com and also learn how to build your own rain-harvesting system. Check out another great source for saving money on rail barrels.

We have a recycled rain barrel that we use to water my all my plants —  indoor and outdoor. We found for our personal needs a water spout that can be turned on an off works best, but there are many options and you need to choose what works best for you. Rain barrels not only conserve millions of gallons of water every year but will help your plants grow healthier and stronger.

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Make your backyard a safe, green, environmentally friendly and healthy summer time haven for your family and friends to enjoy all summer long. Make your backyard a place where you can escape from all the stresses of our hectic lifestyles and where your loved ones can eat, laugh, play and unite.




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7 thoughts on “8 Design Ideas For An Eco-Friendly Backyard Summer Soiree!”

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  2. turnips 2 tangerines

    Thanks for sharing your great tips with us on the Four Seasons Blog Hop~ Lynn

  3. Hi Marla,
    This is a party that I want to attend! These are such wonderful and creative ideas for designing an ecofriendly backyard gathering! I can’t wait to try some of them. I especially love solar lighting, green seating and the cozy fire pit! Thank you for sharing this awesome post with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

    1. Hi Deborah,
      Thanks so much for kind remarks. Living green is so important in all aspects of our life whether it be a backyard gathering or just daily life. Glad to be part Healthy Happy Green & Natural Blog Hop. Have a healthy happy 4th of July weekend. Marla

  4. Jen @ Driftwood Gardens

    Wonderful tips! I love some of those DIY lighting ideas and I can see us doing those here this summer. A fire pit is on my back yard bucket list too, and now I’m interested in learning more about rain barrels!

    1. Hi Jen, We have a rain barrel and once you get it set up there is not much up keep – just use the water that it collects. I love ours and I can see a difference in my plants from using rain water to tap water. Glad you like my article and good luck with the fire pit and rain barrel. Have a healthy happy day! Marla

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